Global Population Ageing

Subject POPH90264 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Term 4, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start 03-Oct-2016
Teaching Period 10-Oct-2016 to 04-Dec-2016
Assessment Period End 09-Dec-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Oct-2016
Census Date 28-Oct-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 18-Nov-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Mr Tim Adair


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Future Students:

Subject Overview:

Population ageing is causing fundamental societal and economic change in many countries and regions throughout the world. Although the opportunities and challenges presented by ageing differ between countries and regions, a global perspective can inform the development of sound policy responses to help individuals and societies to manage the transition to an older population structure. This course guides students through a range of key issues that are faced by societies with population ageing, and encourages them to critically appraise specific policy responses and to identify practical lessons to be learned from the experiences of countries experiencing rapid and advanced ageing. Topics covered include health, mature age employment, retirement and finances, age-friendly housing and environments, wellbeing & community participation, advanced ageing countries and rapidly ageing countries.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Interpret data and identify specific demographic determinants of population ageing.
  • Identify and contrast challenges and opportunities across a range of social and economic issues due to an ageing population.
  • Critically analyse the range of policy responses that can address challenges of an ageing population.
  • Formulate policy recommendations for countries that are projected to experience a rapidly ageing population in future.
  • Weekly contributions to online discussions (500 word equivalent) (10%)
  • Annotated slideshow (500 word equivalent), due Week 2 (10%)
  • Written report (1000 words), due mid-term (20%)
  • Report proposal (500 words), due Week 6 (10%)
  • Final report (2500 words), due end of term (50%)
Prescribed Texts:

Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse and evaluate relevant information.
  • High level written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with team members.
  • Advance analytic, integration and problem-solving skills.
  • Comparative policy analysis and research skills.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Ageing
Graduate Diploma in Ageing
Master of Advanced Nursing
Master of Ageing
Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)
Master of Public Health
Specialist Certificate in Ageing
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management

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